You Should Avoid the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee For These Alternatives Says Consumer Reports

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a dynamic luxury SUV that emphasizes luxury and extreme performance capabilities. However, not every model year lives up to our expectations. For instance, the 2014 Grand Cherokee is one of the lowest-rated versions, so it’s not exactly the critics’ favorite. That said, you may want to avoid this Jeep and shop for a worthy alternative instead. 

About the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 

A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at an auto show
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Jeep’s 2014 Grand Cherokee is what we’ve called a money pit. When it was new, this Jeep stood out for its newly added eight-speed automatic, upscale cabin, and for its off-roading chops. But over the years, there are problems associated with this model that are hard to ignore. 

Some of the most common problems associated with the 2014 Grand Cherokee relate to its transmission. For instance, drivers have reported issues with being unable to shift correctly. Others experienced problems with their Grand Cherokee’s acceleration, making it difficult to merge on the highway. Some owners reported troubles with their model’s interior, too. 

At the time of this writing, there are 16 NHTSA vehicle safety recalls on the 2014 Grand Cherokee. The number of recalls are cause for concern and relate to the SUV’s engine, brakes, and power system. Unsurprisingly, this model received the lowest possible reliability score from multiple experts, including Consumer Reports. Because of its low reliability and owner satisfaction scores, CR recommends a couple of alternatives with better track records.

The 2017 Lincoln MKX is a better alternative

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CR explicitly recommends Lincoln’s 2017 MKX as the better choice over the 2014 Grand Cherokee. Like the Grand Cherokee, the MKX exhibits American luxury and peppy power. What makes the MKX more attractive, though, is its above-average dependability ratings. This Lincoln has a higher owner satisfaction score too.

The 2017 MKX features two potent engine choices. Base models will have a 303-hp, 3.7-liter V6 engine. The base V6 rides smoothly, but CR favors the up-level 335-hp, turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 for a quicker experience. Both engines have a six-speed automatic. The main downside to be aware of is that the MKX is below par for fuel economy.

You’ll also appreciate the MKX for its interior. The MKX is a five-seater with a spacious, quiet cabin. This 2017 model also has modern connectivity features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some models will have advocated safety functions, including blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, and rear-cross traffic alert. 

You might also want to consider the 2018 Nissan Murano 

The Nissan Murano at the Annual Chicago Auto Show
The Nissan Murano | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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CR says the 2018 Nissan Murano is the under the radar alternative to the 2014 Grand Cherokee. With the Murano, you get an upscale cabin and a pleasing driving experience. The 2018 Murano has a 260-hp, 3.5-liter six-cylinder linked to a CVT. CR appreciates the Murano’s V6 for its satisfying power but notes its light steering can minimize a driver’s confidence. 

The 2018 Murano also boasts excellent reliability and safety scores. On top of this, it offers modern tech, including smartphone integration apps. CR also likes that all Muranos come with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.